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Bree Knoester | Partner | Melbourne

Personal Injury - WorkCover, Asbestos Law, Medical Negligence, Sexual Abuse Compensation

T: +61 3 9321 9879

E: bree.knoester@alil.com.au

Bree is Managing Partner of the personal injury division of Holding Redlich.

Bree is an expert in industrial common law claims, asbestos litigation, medical negligence and public and occupier’s liability.  She specialises in catastrophic injury claims, in particular, acting for infants and young persons.  Bree’s practice is spread across all Victorian Courts as well as the Coroner’s Court, disciplinary tribunals and the High Court.

Bree was recognised in the 2016/17 edition of Doyle’s Guide as a leading practitioner in Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation, and recommended in the area of Work Injury and Accident Compensation. In addition, Bree was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 10th edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Australia for her medical negligence practice. These accolades are testament to Bree’s hard work and dedication to providing the very best client service.

Prior to joining Holding Redlich, Bree was at the Victorian Bar for eight years.  As a barrister, Bree acted for people injured at work, in transport accidents, outside of the home or as a result of medical negligence.  Bree regularly appeared in the County Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.  Over the past eight years, Bree was involved in many of the largest cases and settlements in personal injury litigation in Victoria as well as landmark cases involving compensation paid to victims of sexual abuse and recovering the costs of care for severely brain injured workers.

Bree was a member of the Common Law Bar Association and the Victoria Bar Users Group for the Damages and Compensation List.  From 2011 to 2012 Bree was the Honorary Secretary of the Victorian Bar Council and a member of the Ethics Committee and Readers Course Committee.

Whilst at the Bar, Bree was frequently involved in cases where the plaintiff had suffered catastrophic injuries in the form of paraplegia, quadriplegia or brain injuries.  Bree has specialised skills in preparing and assessing these often lengthy and complicated cases as well as a network of specialists to provide expert opinions.

Bree has a special interest in asbestos and dust diseases and is able to advise clients on all aspects of legal entitlements following a diagnosis of an asbestos related injury.  Bree sees clients with asbestos related diseases at all of our Adviceline offices as well as at their homes or in hospital.  Bree also has a dedicated asbestos office in the Latrobe Valley which is open every Tuesday.

Bree’s experience as a barrister means her clients know she is an expert at navigating the court system.  Her advocacy skills are an important part of her skill-set, enabling her to successfully advocate for her clients and negotiate excellent outcomes.

Bree is dedicated to ensuring that her clients are properly compensated for their injuries and thrives on providing advice and support to her clients throughout their whole case.  Bree understands that for clients, going to court can be an overwhelming and stressful experience.  She is committed to ensuring that her clients understand what is happening with their case every step of the way.

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